Where Law Meets the Humanities: A Special Issue of Talking Humanities

Where Law Meets The HumanitiesThe contributors to this special issue of Talking Humanities provide an important sample of how the humanities provide a vital sensibility for cutting edge legal scholarship today. In his contribution (The humanities and law: more intertwined than you might think), David Sugarman explores the often uneasy and complex relationship between law and the humanities, and the growth and development of influences from the humanities within legal scholarship. Mara Malagodi (How legal briefs find new life in celluloid) focuses on the relationship between law and film, and its role in enabling our understanding of ‘justice’.  Jill Marshall (The power of listening: how survivors’ voices can transform human rights) explores the importance of narrative and storytelling in fostering a victim-centred approach to International Human Rights Law and International Criminal Law. Michael Thomson (From ‘heartbeats’ to bounty hunters – the legal complexities of abortion) situates the current American challenge to the constitutional right to abortion through a historical analysis of the relationship between law and medicine, while connecting this to the histories of slavery which continue to leave their imprint. The issue is introduced by Carl Stychin (Where law meets the humanities).